Major Moves in the NFL

Lawson Sizemore, Sports Editor

The start of free agency has been captivating and everything you could possibly ask for in an offseason. 

Let’s begin with some of the blockbuster trades that have been made. Monday afternoon, the madness began when the Houston Texans sent star receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson. The Cardinals absolutely won this trade with acquiring the best receiver in the league. This could be the year Kyler Murray shows his true potential with weapons like Hopkins, Fitzgerald, Kirk, and Drake. 

If that wasn’t a big enough trade for one day, later that night Minnesota Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills for a wapping load of draft picks. This addition bolsters the Bills offense. It’s time for Josh Allen to show what he is really capable of, especially with Buffalo surrounding him with weapons. 

The Indianapolis Colts traded for pass rusher DeForest Buckner for a first-round draft pick from the San Francisco 49ers. Buckner is going to pair up nicely with veteran pass rusher Justin Houston. This was a steal for the Colts as they try to boost their defensive side of the ball.

Now let’s look at some of the major free agent pickups that are going to have the most impact on a team.

Tom Brady, the goat, six-time Super Bowl champion signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for a deal worth around 30 million a year. It should be very interesting to see how well Brady can perform at his age with a less talented roster. No doubt the Bucs chances of making the playoff increase drastically. 

Teddy Bridgewater signed with the Carolina Panthers which certainly means that they are going to move on from Cam Newton. If Bridgewater can stay healthy, this is a major upgrade for the Panthers at the quarterback position. 

The Saints are improving their secondary by signing free agent safety Malcom Jenkins. Not only is the signing of Jenkins an improvement on the defensive side of the ball, but he also brings a veteran presence. With these three teams all making improvements in free agency, the NFC South should be a close race.

At least the NFL free agency is supplying some excitement to this uncertain time. There should be a lot more to come from the NFL as the offseason is just underway.